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Whacked Book Test
by Mark Elsdon
The performer introduces a book, "Dave Gormans Googlewhack Adventure", which he says he has enjoyed reading recently. After briefly explaining the concept of Googlewhacking, he passes the book to a member of the audience, who looks through the book and eventually decides on one of the Googlewhacks. After some typically funny byplay and a couple of false starts, the performer gets serious and tries a proper test. He detects subtle inflections in the participants voice and is able to discern specifically which letters the participant is thinking about and consequently the exact words which comprise his chosen Googlewhack. The participant is allowed to keep the book as a gift and a souvenir.
So what exactly is Whacked!? It is a 10 minute mind-reading routine which revolves around Dave Gormans best-selling book "Googlewhack Adventure". If youve no idea what that is, you can bring yourself up to speed by heading over to http://www.davegorman.com/googlewhack
You receive everything you need to perform this incredible routine, including full details of Marks script and psychological approach - which is one of the things that lifts Whacked! head and shoulders above so many other book-tests. The presentation has been honed over many, many performances for a wide variety of audiences, which ensures that the routine plays as well for a group of top professionals at a business luncheon as it does for a crowd of hip college students at a birthday party. The presentation is funny, sophisticated and guaranteed to deliver a great audience reaction every time it is performed.
The technical demands on the performer are minimal: no pre-show, no forces, no anagrams to remember and the book used, "Dave Gormans Googlewhack Adventure" is absolutely normal and may be given away at the end of each performance (in fact we encourage you to do so!) The method is entirely self-contained and will withstand the closest scrutiny. There literally is nothing for any spectator or participant to see. Also, there are no extraneous props - everything used to perform Whacked! is entirely natural to the proceedings, with no justifications required for any aspect of the handling. This leaves the mentalist free to concentrate on just one thing: entertaining his audience.
Finally, youll be pleased to know that the principles and techniques used to accomplish Whacked! are not dependent on the use of Dave Gormans book and that ANY book may be used in ANY language. This booklet contains full instructions on how to alter the method for use with other books. Whilst not impromptu, the preparation is minimal and does not need to be repeated for subsequent performances. The method makes use of modern technology, but there is nothing to break, run out or let you down during a performance.
Whacked! is not another book-test to add to your collection. It is a fully developed, real-world performance piece designed to be used by a professional performer at paid shows.